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FAA releases SFAR on currency extensions

On May 4, 2020 the FAA issued a SFAR offering relief for some pilot operations, but it included significant restrictions on some operations, specifically the Flight Review (61.56) exemption DOES NOT APPLY to pilots conducting pleasure flights.  The PIC of any and all glider flights MUST have a current Flight Review.  If your Flight Review expired while your club or commercial operator was shutdown, you must schedule a review with your favorite instructor or look at the alternate means of compliance (WINGS Phase, new rating or certificate) as specified in 61.56 before you can act as PIC of a glider.

The text of the SFAR is available here:


The FAA has also published a summary of some of the requirements which need to be met to qualify for the extension.  That summary and additional information is available at this link (and below):


Some of the requirements are:

  • Current to act as PIC in March of 2020
  • Flight review due March through June of 2020
  • Pilots in any operation that requires at least a commercial pilot certificate
  • Or, operations requiring private pilot certificates who have:
    • 500 hours total time
    • 400 hours as PIC
    • 50 hours last 12 calendar months
    • Doing these types of operations:
      • Incidental to business or employment
      • In support of family medical needs or to transport essential goods for personal use
      • Necessary to fly an aircraft to a location in order to meet a requirement of this chapter
      • A flight to transport essential goods and/or medical supplies to support public health needs
    • Persons onboard must be essential to the flight

You get the idea. However, be sure to read the full SFAR before you use it to exercise an extension of your flight review. Make sure that you, and the operation you will be flying, meet the requirements of the SFAR.

Posted: 5/3/2020

HDOT postpones action at Dillingham Airfield due to COVID-19

HDOT postpones action at Dillingham Airfield due to COVID-19
April 15, 2020

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) Airports Division has notified tenants of Dillingham Airfield the termination of their permit at the facility has been rescinded due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. HDOT’s goal is to terminate the lease with the U.S. Army by June 30, 2021 and expects that all tenant permits will be terminated by that date at the latest. Tenants may use this additional time to make alternative arrangements. All terms, conditions, and requirements of the tenants’ permits remain in effect.

SSA was part of the working group lobbying for more time to address the imminent closure of Dillingham by the HDOT.  AOPA assembled a working group including SSA, EAA, USPA, several Hawaii legislative representatives, and other interested parties to work the problem.  That group will continue to work the issue: the long term plan being to create an Airport Authority to replace HDOT as the sponsor for Dillingham.  That will require legislative action.  The working group will continue monitoring the situation and address any other issues related to HDOT’s actions regarding Dillingham.

The HDOT press release  is available here:

Posted: 4/16/2020

Tow release installations

There are a couple tow release installations publicly available to use on towplanes.

Tow kits are commercially available which include the tow hook, release handle and cable.  It may be possible to use these with the following referenced paperwork.

On some Cessnas (182 thru 207) an A&P can install a tow hook with a logbook signoff using the Cessna drawing available here


The SSA owns the Javelin STC for a tow release installation and it is available for use by members.  The STC paperwork is here and reference drawing 813 is here.


Posted: 2/10/2020

SSA comments on Walker MOA proposal

The SSA submitted a response to the Walker MOA proposed for the Bridgeport, CA area.

The MOA proposal is located here.

The SSA response is located here.

The Military exemption referenced is here.

Posted: 10/16/2019

FAA interprets Preventive Maintenance

The FAA letter defining "Preventive Maintenance" is located here.

The letter is an FAA interpretation of what may (or may not) constitute "Preventive maintenance" under FAR 43.3 and Part 43 Appendix A as applied to Part 91 operations.

The letter extends the definition of "preventive maintenance" to include items/tasks that are similar to something that is listed in Appendix A, but may not be specifically called out.

Further discussion is available on AOPA's site here:





Posted: 9/16/2019

towpilot compensation

The 2010 FAA letter addressing towpilot compensation is here.

Posted: 4/10/2019

Annual Program Letter due for Experimental/RE gliders

It is the time of the year to remind members that if they have a glider that is licensed in
the “Experimental – Racing & Exhibition” category, they may have to file their annual
Program Letter. Anyone with a glider licensed in this category should consult the
Limitations document accompanying their aircraft certification paperwork for addition

Posted: 1/14/2019

Airworthiness Directive for Glasflugel gliders

The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive (AD) effective November 18, 2018 for Glasflugel Models Club Libelle 205, H 301 “Libelle,” H 301B “Libelle,” Kestrel, Mosquito, Standard “Libelle,” and Standard Libelle-201B gliders. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by the aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product.  The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as jamming between the double two-ring end of the towing cable and the deflector angles of the CG release mechanism. We are issuing the AD to prevent failure of the towing cable to disconnect, which could result in reduced or loss of control of the glider or the cable breaking and causing injury to people on the ground.

A copy of the Federal register entry and the AD is here.  A copy of the referenced technical note is here.

Posted: 1/14/2019

IS28B2 Lark Life Limit Clarification

The FAA has issued a letter of clarification regarding the Life Limit for the IS28B2 2-place Lark.  The letter is located here.

Posted: 10/19/2017

FAA AMOC for L-13 Available

From the FAA, dated 7/7/17:

I would like your assistance in getting the word out on a global AMOC to AD 2010-18-05, for the L-13 Blanik gliders.  The AMOC (letter here) allows the use of Blanik Aircraft CZ Service Bulletin L13/117a, Revision 1, dated September 29, 2016, to satisfy the modification requirements in paragraph (f) of FAA AD 2010-18-05.  The requester is the current TC Holder for the L-13 Blanik glider, Blanik Aircraft CZ s.r.o.  They have given their permission for this letter to be posted online for the benefit of all operators.  It’s already been posted to the www.regulations.gov website.

Posted: 7/7/2017

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